Definition of washday in US English:



  • A day on which a household's clothes, bed linens, etc., are washed, especially when the same day each week.

    ‘Monday was washday’
    ‘her mother came to help on washday’
    • ‘Here is the easy, labour-saving washday you've always wanted!’
    • ‘One has to be a certain age to remember the soggy, steamy awfulness that was the drudgery of washdays when it involved galvanised tubs, poss-sticks and mangles.’
    • ‘You can't talk about the clothesline without thinking about the entire washday of yesteryear - and all the hard work that went into it every week.’
    • ‘Monday was washday, the clothes washed in boiling water in a tub with a dolly peg.’
    • ‘That, he said, was his contribution towards the washday ritual.’
    • ‘It was the boys' job to light the copper at 6 a.m. on washdays.’
    • ‘It needed to be an easy meal as Monday was washday and especially busy.’
    • ‘Turn off hot and cold water faucets going to tub between washdays to prevent water pressure strain on hoses.’
    • ‘On washdays, the tub was filled with cold water using buckets, and a wood or coal fire was stoked up.’
    • ‘Monday morning, in a house where washday begins, must be dreadful for the man of the house.’
    • ‘If Nanny was in a good mood, she would put a bowl of water with a smattering of washing powder added onto a chair and I would have my own washday on Monday for my dolls clothes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately when washday comes, as it indubitably has, we can all be in for a right good soaking.’
    • ‘A controversial solution has been put forward that could finally end the washday blues for people in Thornton Street, Skipton.’